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Rachel Caine
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31 Oct 2011 Revivalist
It's a tough job but somebody's got to do it - dead or alive. Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn't the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment - until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele. Now Bryn faces being terminated...literally. Bryn is given the chance to take down the bigger problem, pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She'd better do it fast before she becomes a zombie slave. A real working stiff.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (31 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749040815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749040819
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Caine is the author of more than fifteen novels, including the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Pop-eye and Darwin, a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O'Malley, and a leopard tortoise named Shelly (for the poet, of course).


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of death 26 Aug 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My grandfather used to say "Life's tough, and then you die."

But for Bryn Davis, death is only the START of her troubles. Rachel Caine's "Working Stiff," the first book in a new series, quickly kills off the heroine and reanimates her, and launches her into a bizarre, action-packed adventure. However, this book can be downright depressing at times, and the story sometimes drags in overcomplex circles.

Ex-soldier Bryn Davis takes a job as a funeral director, but her first day is a disaster. A teen girl kills herself, Bryn is pursued by the creepy Fast Freddy, and she discovers that her boss is selling a strange drug that reanimates the dead. And then he kills her.

When she wakes up, she's still technically dead -- but she's being kept animate by an experimental drug called Returne, which the Pharmadene company has discovered. However, they will only keep her alive for as long as she's useful to them, and since their company has a leak connected to her funeral home, they want her to ferret out the supplier.

But while hired gun Joe Fideli and the icy security chief McCallister are helping her, Bryn knows that her days are literally numbered. And as she becomes tangled in elaborate webs of conspiracy and megalomania, she finds that her enemies are both inside and outside Pharmadene... and if she doesn't stop them, the entire world may be next.

It took me a long time to figure out why I simply didn't like "Working Stiff." But eventually I worked it out -- this book is possibly the darkest, bleakest story that Rachel Caine has written to date. And not in a good way, but in a "I want to suck on the business end of a Glock" way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and gripping urban fantasy 22 Nov 2011
By Hannah
Working Stiff is yet another in a stream of novels recently that has gripped me in so tightly that I simply couldn't put it down and finished it in just a few days without even realising how quickly I was reading. The main thing I took notice of about this book is that it isn't a zombie novel in the traditional sense, in fact, the only thing that made this a zombie novel is that Bryn is a reanimated corpse. There are others like her as well, but they live just like normal human beings, or as close as you can get when a private corporation is keeping you on a tight leash and would rather see you rot than keep you alive, the only catch is that they are dead and must receive daily shots of this drug - Returné - to keep alive else they horribly and painfully decay. But there is no mindless staggering to find brains to eat at any cost, just a desperate struggle to remain alive when all but two, maybe three, people would rather you be otherwise. With all of that considered and the fast-paced action inbetween as they find a way to not only keep Bryn going with regular shots but also attempt to take down the company that they are owned by, who watch their every move, Working Stiff is most definitely an urban fantasy. And a damn good one at that.

I am fast becoming a Rachel Caine fangirl. I have now read three of her books and I have devoured each and every one. She is a genius at creating delightfully ordinary characters and thoroughly unique stories which are easy to read with just a sprinkling of humour and plenty of energy. This is exactly what I look for when I look for my next good read and Working Stiff has it down to a tee.

I was immediately drawn in by Bryn and how very like you and me she is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book offered no hope, just bleakness... 9 Nov 2011
Please don't get me wrong - I think Rachel Caine is a brilliant author, and I love her MV series, even though I am old enough to be the mother of the target-audience of that series, and so I picked up this one with excitement...only to find myself wondering what light there could be at the end of the tunnel.

The other reviewers have done a great job summarising the tale, so I won't go into that, but I did feel that this book was particularly bleak. I could see no HEA for Bryn, and despite what I found out about her, I didn't feel like I knew her well enough to be rooting for her. Add in the fact that she's supposedly an ex-solder , and thereby would have been used to fighting, ambushes, with above average defense skills and strength, I found her to be nothing like that. She seemed to lack confidence and then seemed to accept what happened to her with utter passivity and surrealism.

Yes, the idea is interesting, but I cannot see where this series can go, and other than Bryn meeting her maker and being 'eternally rewarded' by him for her selflessness and sacrifice, I can't see any kind of HEA for her. So, whilst I will read the next book in the series if my library gets it in, for me, it won't be an autobuy. But maybe not if it comes out in the grey, dark and wet days of Oct/Nov/Dec, as that's a dull and dreary and bleak enough period as it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Working Stiff. Read the books in order. 11 Jun 2013
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Unfortunately I read the second book first because it was given to me and didn't notice it was part of a trilogy but I enjoyed it so much that I finished it. I then gor Working Stiff. The whole idea is fascinating and the characters are well defined. Rachel Caine writes well and tells a very good tale. As i have a kindle it is unusual for me to read a book and having finished WS I thought I had better reread Two Weeks' Notice which I can also recommend. Grest stuff Rachel.
I am now in the miserable position of having to wait for four writers either to finish trilogies or to produce the next volume in a series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series of Books.
I was a bit wary at first, as had only followed 'The Morganville Vampire' series from' Racheal Caine'.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diane Rankin
4.0 out of 5 stars It all begins with Death.
Approaching this book I'd say I had fairly high expectations, as it is written by Rachel Caine, and having read a lot of the Morganville Vampire books and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sanz
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I found it easy to read and the characters were easy to relate to. Quick delivery and I can't wait to read the next one
Published 7 months ago by Amy Mc Alister
5.0 out of 5 stars Above & Beyond.
Having previously read all of Rachel Caine's 'Morganville Vampires' series (to date), I was already a huge fan of this author. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sky.
3.0 out of 5 stars it's pretty good
it's the first book in a series and is finding its feet but it is worth it as the second book is even better. If you like Rachel Caine books you will like this
Published 14 months ago by MISS N E OWEN
5.0 out of 5 stars another fab rachel caine read
great story keeps you gripped fantastic writer :) who has a good nack for stories that use the imagination :)
Published 14 months ago by A. J. Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner,
disturbingly brilliant, looking forward to the next one. Hoping above all that Mr French is ok and maybe he will get his own novel.
Published 15 months ago by S. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved this book, I have read all the Morganville books, which were great, although very much directed at teens, this is a good adult read, many twists loved it!
Published 15 months ago by K. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Expected a standard toffee, discovered a more mature salted caramel......
It is not often an author kills off their protagonist in the first fifty pages, but it is this bravery that makes the story so compelling. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MsNorthman
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the reviews
I have been putting off reading this because of some of the reviews and I gave in because I had read all Caines other books. I LOVED it and couldn't put it down.
Published 17 months ago by CAS
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